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    Beckett by le Brocquy at Sotheby's. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: It made £75,650

    THERE is a stellar line up at Sotheby’s Irish Sale in London on March 29. It features rare works never seen on the market before by artists like Sir John Lavery, Roderic O’Conor and Mary Swanzy.  There are 13 works by Louis le Brocquy and the sale includes Basil Blackshaw,  John Shinnors, William Scott, Colin Middleton and Sean Scully.

    John Lavery’s portrait of Lady Gwendoline Churchill, A Lady in Brown, is at auction for the first time.  It is believed the painting was probably executed in the summer of 1915. O’Conor’s Landscape, Cassis, has re-surfaced from a private American collection and features one of the smaller peaks of the limestone cliffs of Le Cap Canail.
    Sunlit Landscape by Mary Swanzy is a dazzling modernist piece.   It is  part  of  a  series  of  lyrical  Provencal  cubist  landscapes produced following a stay at Grasse in the South of France in the winter of 1926-1927 and is estimated at £60,000-80,000.
    Daniel  O’Neill  is  represented  in  the  sale  with  one  of  the  most expressive  and  affecting  works  by  the  artist  to  ever  appear  at auction.  On  Reading  Dear  Theo  is  a  portrait  of  Vincent  van
    Gogh.  The  composition  and  treatment  clearly  reference  van  Gogh’s landscapes.  It is estimated  at  £30,000-50,000.  Headlining the le Brocquy works is an image of Samuel Beckett (Opus  473),  an
    oil  on  canvas  estimated  at  £60,000-80,000.
    There is a group of four still lives by William Scott and the art auction offers a strong selection of contemporary works.
    See posts on for February 16 and February 2.

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